Available on Disney + Star, “Rebel” with Katey Sagal features a character who is directly inspired by lawyer Erin Brockovich. However, his name is never used in the series.
Twenty years after the coronation of Julia Roberts at the Oscars for Erin Brockovich, the life of the famous activist and lawyer interests Hollywood again. The proof with Rebel, a procedural series carried by Katey Sagal. Unlike Steven Soderbergh’s film, the program changes the name of its heroine. Here, Erin Brockovich becomes Annie Bello. This choice underlines the freedoms taken by showrunneuse Krista Vernoff who moves away from the true destiny of the lawyer to tell new intrigues.
In the credits, the name of Erin Brockovich appears among the list of producers of the series. In reality, the American did not really participate in the production, preferring to trust the writers as Katey Sagal explains to AlloCine. Nevertheless, the actress specifies that she had her say on certain details.
“At the same time, this role is not entirely the life of Erin Brockovich, she is just an inspiration, recalls Katey Sagal. Which takes a lot of the pressure off us if we had to be totally faithful to him. Either way, Erin is a tornado, a force of nature, and that has an incredible impact on the show and the energy I put into this role.”
After being canceled for the first time by the American channel ABC, the series Rebel did not find other broadcasters. It stops definitively after its first season.